FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
- Tribeca Film Festival - World Premiere
- Hot Docs - International competition
- Doc Aviv - Israeli competition
Made famous by the feature film "Eastern Promises", former heads of Russia’s criminal underworld, the "vori v zakone" ("Thieves by Law") share their story for the first time with the world. The thugs, who transformed into reputable businessmen, reveal in the most intimate detail how they came to influence Russia's economy as it emerged from decades of Soviet rule, and how they used their vast wealth to build up a political base in a land that once treated them as common criminals. Now with a strong base at home, they are eager to embark on a new crusade to spread their influence over the rest of the world.
Born on November 6, 1959 in the USSR, Alexaner Gentelev undertook his studies at the St. Petersburg Film Academy. Gentelev immigrated to Israel in 1993 and has been directing documentary films for the past 24 years. His award-winning films include “The Rise and Fall of the Russian Oligarchs”, “Generation of Loneliness”, “The Operation Successor”, “Just Like Home”, “Thieves by Law”, “Violinists”, and most recently, “Putin’s Games”.
"Simultaneously hilarious and horrific, Alexander Gentelev's extraordinary docu Thieves by Law offers a clear, concise and shockingly candid account of Russian gangsterism as told by the shamelessly high-living, self-contented crooks themselves." Ronnie Scheib, Variety.